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Diego Brandao Officially Released for Violating the UFC’s Fighter Conduct Policy

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The UFC has confirmed this morning’s reports that they have released Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA trained fighter Diego Brandao.

The release stems from an April 14th (Thursday) incident outside of an Albuquerque, New Mexico gentlemen’s club where it is alleged that Brandao brandished a fire arm, threatened and assaulted several people. Brandao, a former “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner, was arrested the next day (Friday) on three felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. That Saturday he was released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on a $15,000 bail.

The narrative portion of the Albuquerque Police’s Marc Laws’ incident report reads as follows (forgive the grammatical errors in the excerpt as this is exactly the way it was written by the officer on the seen):

“On 4-14-2016 at 0230 hours, Officers were dispatched to 311 Central references a disturbance”

“APD dispatched had received a call from the Knockout Bar stating that a man who had been refused entry into the bar became angry with the door security personal. He started fighting with them and then pulled out a gun and hit and pointed the weapon at them. Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Anthony Romero (victim) and he stated Diego Brandao had arrived at the bar and wanted to come in. Romero refused to let Brandao in because he showed signs of intoxication. Diego became angry and attempted to force his way into the bar. At that point, Brandao hit Romero in the face with his fist. Two other employees came to help Romero keep Brandao from entering the bar. Lavon King (victim) who was right outside the door came into the bar to keep Diego from entering the bar. Patrick Otero (victim) then came over and helped in keeping Diego from trying to enter the bar. At some point during the struggle with Diego, he was able to pull out a weapon. He then hit Patrick with the weapon just under the chin. Diego then pointed the weapon at Patrick and Lavon and started cussing at them. Diego started running up and down Central yelling at the while still pointing the gun at them.”

“Diego went to his car still yelling and pointing the gun at them. The employees and unknown customers went back inside the bar and locked the door. They could still hear Diego yelling and cussing at them. They looked out the peep hole and saw Diego get in his car and drive away from the area. I asked if anyone need to see rescue and they stated no. I could not see any injury’s any one of the victims. The employees of the bar were able to recognize Diego Brandao as he had been in the bar on several occasions. This report will be turned over to the impact team.”

Shortly after the incident was reported by the abqjournal.com the UFC released a statement concerning the report:

“We are aware that UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested Friday following an altercation at a business establishment in Albuquerque, N.M. We are in the process of gathering more information at this time.

“While we are concerned by the nature of the reported allegations, it is important to note that Brandao is entitled to due process in a court of law.

“We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”

Brandao’s career was already in hot water due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites on an in-competition drug test before losing his last fight to Brian Ortega at UFC 195 on January 2nd. Because of that positive result, he was already temporarily suspended while he awaits for a date to be scheduled for him to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a full disciplinary hearing.

At 28 years old, Brandao’s UFC record stands at 6-4. His biggest wins where over the Dennis Bermudez and Daniel Pineda. His overall professional record is 20-11.

The official reason for his release was for violating the UFC’s fighter conduct policy which states:

“fighters shall conduct themselves in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency, social convention, and morals, and fighters will not commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence or make any statement which will reflect negatively upon or bring disrepute, contempt, scandal, ridicule or disdain to the fighter or the UFC.”

In New Mexico, an assault or battery charge is generally a misdemeanor offense, however, Brandao’s alleged infractions have been enhanced to an aggravated charge because the district attorney is considering that the offenses were committed with the intent to commit a violent felony. Under New Mexico law aggravated assault, which includes assault with a deadly weapon, is usually a fourth-degree felony. If convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Brandao could face up to one year in county jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both, and/or probation for up to one year and restitution. For the three ‘aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges’, he could face up to 18 months in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both and/or probation up to five years, parole for one year and
restitution. The judge in the case is Charles W. Brown, the same judge who presided over Jon Jones’ case earlier this year. Criminal charges are often reduced or dropped and Diego Brandao is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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